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Poll: Bondi leads Kottkamp, Benson 27-23-22; Gelber leads Aronberg 32-25



Miami Herald: If Undecided were a candidate, he or she would win the election for Florida attorney general in a landslide.
Republican Pam Bondi and Democrat Dan Gelber have slight leads in their respective primaries, according to a new poll released Friday.

But most people still don't know whom they will support in the two races, which have failed to capture the attention of voters in a year crowded with contentious primary contests for governor and U.S. Senate.

"There's more people undecided in both races than there are people committed to a candidate," said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the survey. "When you have that situation, you really can't go out and say that any of these candidates is a favorite."

The next AG will have to deal with high-profile, influential issues: a lawsuit over federal healthcare reform, Gulf oil damage claims, immigration. Yet the three Republicans and two Democrats vying to succeed GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum have struggled to resonate with voters.

Bondi, a former Tampa prosecutor and frequent commentator on Fox News, edges Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp 27 percent to 23 percent, with former state House member and municipal bond lawyer Holly Benson coming in at 22 percent. Twenty-eight percent were undecided.

Among Democrats, Gelber has pulled further ahead of fellow state Sen. Dave Aronberg. Gelber now leads 32 percent to 25 percent, with 43 percent undecided.

The poll surveyed 500 likely Republican voters and 500 likely Democratic voters statewide between Aug. 17 and 19. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percent.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:21am]


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